Adult Education

Looking to grow in your faith, knowledge of Judaism, and/or learn Hebrew? Bet Shalom offers a wide range and variety of education opportunities!

Ezekiel Introduction Classes: July 18 and 25, August 1 at 11:00 AM

The book of Ezekiel responds to ancient Israel’s historic exile, but it also contains esoteric images, visionary experiences, and prophetic metaphors that continue to resonate today. Join Dr. Nick Schaser (Macalester College) for an introduction to Ezekiel and how this fascinating text has been interpreted in Jewish tradition. We will explore the historical context of the prophet, as well as theological themes such as Temple worship, divine presence and absence, and Israel’s covenantal identity.

All are welcome to attend these classes! In addition, they will be live-streamed.

Bet Shalom Hosts Hineni Class: August 13

As part of Hineni’s Summertime Jewish Learning Across the Twin Cities series, Cantor Schwartz will be teaching a session at Bet Shalom on Tuesday, August 13 entitled: How might seeing Judaism as a creative enterprise transform our relationship to it?

Cantor Schwartz writes, “Whether one views it as a religion, heritage, culture, family, nation, people, spiritual path, or civilization, Judaism was- and is- a created phenomenon. Its laws, practices, stories, customs, and rituals were conceived in the human imagination and entered into the world through creative action. Perceiving of it in this way opens up possibilities to appreciators of Judaism that may never have been considered before.” Please join him and other curious learners across the Twin Cities to explore how seeing Judaism as a creative enterprise might transform your relationship to it.  If you’re interested, please call or email Rachel Calvert.

Shabbat Morning Torah Study | Saturdays at 9:00 AM

We are creating a new Adult Education opportunity! Every Saturday morning, before services, we will be meeting in the Jerusalem Room to discuss the Torah. The first Saturday of each month will be led by Rabbi David Thomas.

Rabbi David Thomas is the former rabbi of Congregation Beth El in Sudbury Valley, MA. He is a Senior Rabbinic Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute, and has been a board member for the Central Conference of American Rabbis. He is heavily involved with social action initiatives, and lives in Minneapolis with his family. 

Judaism 101 | Sundays at 10:30 AM

Judaism 101 covers a basic overview of broad topics in Jewish life and tradition.  These sessions are for anyone who is new to Judaism, or anyone who is looking for a refresher on topics they haven’t studied since they were in Religious School. 

September 24
October 27
December 15
January 26
February 23
March 22
April 26

Weekly Torah Study

Join with fellow congregants in exploring the words of the Prophet Jeremiah. Each week this community of learners comes together to study the themes, history and content of the Book of Jeremiah. No experience is necessary and you are welcome to join the group at any time.

Join Rabbi Locketz, Rabbi Crimmings and Cantor Schwartz each week to study the weekly Torah portion in our Jerusalem Room. Everyone is welcome and no experience is required.

Hebrew Classes

Parenting Series | Sundays and Wednesdays

Alternating between Sundays and Wednesdays, our Parenting Series is an opportunity for parents to discuss issues relevant to raising children today. We will learn from professionals in the field and also explore relevant connections to Jewish teaching.

October 6 | 10:30 AM
November 3 | 10:30 AM
December 18 | 7:30 PM
January 12 | 10:30 AM
February 19 | 7:30 PM
March 18 | 7:30 PM
April 15 | 7:30 PM